Faster, more secure WiFi

Tuesday, 16 December 2003, 7:14 PM EST

WiFi wireless networks are an unqualified success both in performance and in acceptance by a skeptical public -- they let you share an Internet connection among all the PCs in your home for less than $100 a PC.

Having found the rare standard that actually works, the computing industry is now replacing it. The successor, "802.11g," advertises speeds five times faster than regular "802.11b" WiFi.

For home users who only want to browse the Web and check their e-mail, 802.11b WiFi is already too fast, in that it transfers data far faster than they can be downloaded on any cable or DSL broadband Internet connection. (This hasn't stopped some manufacturers from making "faster than g" hardware on the faster-is-always-better principle.)

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